Friday, April 21, 2017

dBURNZ releases ME & YOU Official Video



Reggae artiste dBURNZ has lovers' rock fans asking for more with the release of the video of his newest single Me & You.

With a constantly growing fan-base on social media, dBURNZ premiered the single first on his social and new media platforms.  Making the internationally recognised day of love all about Me & You, the song was released on YouTube and shared to fans on his Facebook and Instagram pages at midnight on Valentine's morning.

Having received positive feedback from his followers, dBURNZ soon released the video and the positive feedback continues with over 1,000 views on Youtube alone, only days after its release.

Produced by CineCore, the video explores the picture of a love before and after  riches."Me & You is my first release for 2017 and I'm ready to show the world what I have to offer. I've been in the music industry since 2013, learning and working on my craft; now, I have so much in store and I can't wait to unleash it all," dBURNZ offered.
 
Born Melbourne Douglas, dBURNZ is a Jamaican entertainer who delivers a fusion of contemporary reggae dancehall and pop music. With captivating vocals, witty lyrics, passionate and high energy performance style, dBURNZ comfortably performs for the streets and boardrooms. The artiste honed his talent in the Jamaica 50 Celebrations in England 2012 and in 2013 CARIFESTA XI in Suriname.

His first single was Run Babylon- a Reggae, Dancehall, and EDM project under JahMento Records- and in 2015, he teamed up with Digital B Records on the single Bet Yuh Never Know, a soulful, reggae song.

dBURNZ is known for his versatile delivery of music and audience interaction. Locally, he has performed on many stages, including 1Love Music Festival, Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, and Wickie Wakie Music Festival. His entertaining and charismatic personality also landed him a 6 month stint to host D'Wrap, an entertainment and lifestyle show on CVM TV in 2016.

Fans can stay abreast of new releases and updates from dBURNZ with his @dburnzmusic handle, across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Magnum Kings and Queens hits top gear


Rankin Pumkin came dressed for a war on Saturday, April 15, and came out victorious, ending the journey of Skatta’s wild-card Shalyric on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall, season 10.



















Twelve contestants remain as the Castles were merged into the Magnum Mansion when Saturday’s live show in Season 10 of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall hit top gear inside D’Entrance on Constant Spring Road. For the remainder of the competition contestants with the lowest votes will be eliminated each week until two females and two males remain to contest the finals for the titles and JMD $1,500,000.

The remaining Magnum Princes are: Della Rhymes, Compass, Symatic and Vanzo along with Tatik and D’Element who both survived face-offs on Saturday to remain on the show.

D’Element had an easy road as his opponent, Caano, was appearing for the third time in the lowest votes and was automatically eliminated. While, Tatik had to pull out all the stops as he was involved in the clash of the season with fellow favourite Rally Banks. Both gave a great performance but it was Tatik who got the nod from the judges to remain on the show.

“Rally Banks is a good artiste and I rate his work a lot, but at the end of the day we both delivered and the judges gave it to me. It was my first clash and I am happy to be the victor. For the rest of the show I will be giving a lot of different concepts, I feel I can win it” said Tatik.

A thankful Rally Banks said, “Congrats to Tatik. We both delivered tonight but the judges had a decision to make and they made it. It has been a good journey, I learned a lot about the hard work and dedication to continuously produce good music and that is what I will focus on now.”

The female Princesses that are still vying for the Magnum crown are: Rankin Pumpkin, who surprised everyone in her clash with Shalyric to remain on the show, Tammy K, Keke and Frenchy, Bag Gyal Bambi, Ali Ferrari, and Suspense. The female contestants have shown their intent as both Bad Gyal Bambi and Suspense came out in fierce moods during Saturday’s live show, with heavy hitting lyrics warning other contestants that they have their sights firmly set on the crown.


Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall Season 10 continues with Live Show 10 on Saturday, April 22. Twelve contestants remain to vie for the Season 10 Magnum King and Queen titles. The 2017 Magnum King and Queen will each receive JMD$1,500,000 and a chance to work with top industry producer Troyton.


Stacy Powell embraces Young Me after the two won special Magnum 6 pack packages.

Stephen Marley collaborates with Pitbull, Bone Thugs

Stephen 'Ragga' Marley continues to show the versatility of Reggae with two new international collaborations.

International rapper Pitbull included Marley on his new album Climate Change with Optionswhile legendary rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony dropped the single Coming Home.

Pitbull's Options lends itself to Stephen Marley's catchy vocals for the chorus as well highlights Jamaica and its party culture in the recently released music video that has over two million views on Youtube, two weeks after its debut.

Marley also lays the ideal hook in the Coming Home of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, which used this single to symbolise their return to the music industry as Bone Thugs. The melodious chorus from Marley travels well with the metaphoric references to journeys and new beginnings.

Stephen Marley is now on tour in the United States, promoting his 19-track fourth studio album 
Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life. The album features a number of local stars - Capleton and Sizzla appear on the Rock Stone hit; Konshens on Pleasure or PainShaggy on So Strong; and Bounty Killer and Cobra on Ghetto Boy. The collaborative album also features his brothers Damian and Ky-Mani, as well as his son Jo Mersa Marley.

Stephen Marley's fans can look forward to 2017 packed with projects in Jamaica. On Saturday, May 27, Marley will host Sessions at 56, an up close and personal concert to be held at the Bob Marley Museum. He is also the musical director of the special staging of the Smile Jamaica to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the concert.
The Marley brothers also look forward to hosting the first annual Kaya Fest this Saturday, April 22 at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater, Downtown, Miami. The festival will feature Stephen, Damian, Ziggy and Ky-Mani Marley as well as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean,  Sean Paul, Bunji Garlin and many more. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Red Stripe presents Reggae Sumfest: Early-bird specials already live

With a lineup that includes Grammy
Award winning artiste Sean Paul, hot upstart Alkaline, Reggae inspired recording star Tory Lanez, Dancehall Starboy Mavado and ladies' 
favourite Christopher Martin, Reggae Sumfest is shaping up to be a sold out event.  Reggae music lovers can now secure their space at the Festival by scooping early bird tickets.

"We have tickets on sale almost three months ahead of the Festival," explained Reggae Sumfest owner/producer Josef Bogdanovich of Downsound Entertainment.  "We were forced to offer early bird tickets due to high demand from the international markets interested in the event," he added.

Bogdanovich, who assumed ownership of the now 25 year old Festival last year, noted that historically, local patrons purchase tickets just days before the Montego Bay based Festival or at the gate.  "Globally, festival goers plan their trips from Europe, Japan, North America and other markets to take advantage of low cost air fares; so they like to have their tickets in hand and we are accommodating a global market for our local music," he explained.

The advance tickets are offered at a discount; the earlier the purchase, the deeper the discount, adding to the attraction of the weeklong festival. Early bird tickets are exclusively available on EventBrite.com.  The portal allows users to securely purchase nightly or season general or VIP tickets using a credit card.  "The platform is quick, easy and user friendly.  Local patrons can purchase online too," mentioned Bogdanovich.  Sales for Red Stripe presents Reggae Sumfest have already started and more specials will be offered as the Festival gets closer.  Travel packages paired with North Coast hotels are also available.  

Guests can now purchase early bird specials to suit their event needs. The specials being offered at present include the limited, Gold all-week, all event package which grants general admission to the five preliminary events and VIP to the main events on Friday and Saturday, July 21-22 for only US$187. The Silver package, US$150, grants general admission into all seven events and the self explanatory VIP Weekend package, for only US$90. Friday and Saturday nights also have an early bird, VIP special at $US45, each. More early bird specials can be seen and purchased on EventBrite.com, with more deals to be added as of Monday, May 1, 2017.


Red Stripe presents Reggae Sumfest 2017 kicks off on Sunday, July 16 under the theme: Our Music, Our Festival.  It begins with a Beach Party and moves into the Sumfest Sunset Yacht Party on Monday, July 17. The staple All-White Party at Pier One happens on Tuesday, July 18 followed by Sumfest Blitz on Wednesday, July 19. On Thursday, July 20 Pier One will play host to the exciting Sumfest Heavyweight Clash. The events then move on to Catherine Hall with Festival Night 1 happening on Friday, July 21 and Festival Night 2 closing the week of activities on  Saturday, July 22 .

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sean Paul, the newest addition for Reggae Sumfest 25

Sean Paul on stage inside the Ballroom at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande on Saturday, April 01 as part of the Live in Concert series put on by the Ocho Rios leg of the global Palace Resort.  

Grammy Award winning artiste Sean Paul has been added to the line-up for the 25th staging of Reggae Sumfest. The multi-platinum artiste will break his current Europe tour for a fourth appearance on the festival.

Having racked up an impressive catalogue and a huge fanbase worldwide over two decades, Sean Paul continues to be relevant in the global music industry with a egacy of chart topping music including the classic Like Glue (2002),Temperature (2005) and in recent tomes Cheap Thrills and Rockabye.

The artiste last performance on the show was in 2014. With Baddabanz Band, Baddagyalz Dancers along with Farenheit and Tour DJ Coppershaun, Sean Paul is set to rewrite history with a high energy set. His Saturday April 01, performance  in Ocho Rios at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande at the  Sean Paul Live in Concert is a signal to the power and flavour of the artiste's mood as he is keyed up to play for his Jamaican fans this summer.

Sean Paul released Crick Neck last year, in collaboration with Chi-Ching Ching and the single did well on the local music and video charts. He has also been doing great work with local producer Doncorleonie who produced Tek Weh Yuh Heart featuring rapper Tory Lanez, who is also billed for the Festival. The producer is also looking to release Body with Sean Paul and Migos soon.

Reggae Sumfest’s 25th anniversary features a week of events starting on Sunday, July 16 with a Beach Party, into the Sumfest Sunset Yacht Party on Monday, July 17. The staple All-White Party at Pier One takes place on Tuesday, July 18, Sumfest Blitz on Wednesday, July 19 and the Sumfest Heavyweight Clash returns on Thursday, July 20.  The festival concludes at Catherine Hall on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 with a most anticipated stage show.

Early bird tickets and travel packages are on sale exclusively on www.eventbrite.com and patrons can keep abreast on Reggae Sumfest 2017 updates by visiting www.reggaesumfest.com

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Sean Paul Auctioned for Charity

Recording artiste Sean Paul 

Alpha Boys School Radio saw great success after hosting The Reggae Auction which offered to bidders across the world a custom voicemail from Multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning artiste Sean Paul.

The internet radio site saw a 75% increase in traffic as bids were made for the custom recording from Sean Paul, local entrepreneur Randy McLaren’s Bresheh items, and deals  from Goldeneye Resort, Knutsford Court Hotel, among others. A lucky bidder from London will this week be made happy when he receives his custom Sean Paul voicemail recording after making the winning bid of US$180.

“The Reggae Auction attracted so many passionate and generous bids from around the world. The staff and students at Alpha are grateful to Sean Paul and all the donors and participants who made it an exciting international event” said Dr. Joshua Chamberlain, General Manager of the radio programme. Chamberlain is also a facilitator for Alpha Institute’s Media and Technology Department, now to be called the Sean Paul Henriques Media Centre subsequent to the artiste’s donation of over $1.5 Million.

Sean Paul has been making great strides in the entertainment industry. His Rockabye collaboration with Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie recently made the US- based Hot 100 Billboard Music Chart, subsequent to topping UK’s music charts. The artiste’s No Lie, featuring Dua Lipa is also crossing boundaries as it is featured in the highly anticipated Baywatch movie with The Rock and Zac Efron, in theatres as of May 2017.   

Though Sean Paul has been in the music industry for over a decade, he still has the moves to “Tek Weh Yuh Heart” as is seen in the track’s video featuring Tory Lanez who has recently been added to this year’s Reggae Sumfest line-up. The video has racked up over 5 Million views since its March 1 release.

Sean Paul started present Europe tour last Saturday, April 1 in Ocho Rios, where he will be playing for Moon Palace guests.  He then leaves for Russia and numerous stops in the UK leading up to his April 22 performance at Kaya Fest in Miami, staged by the Marley Brothers.

Fans anticipate the release of new album which has been confirmed to feature a track with Hips Don’t Lie artiste Shakira.

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